The future of one-day cricket September 1, 2009

Which way should one-day cricket go?

I'd start with not reducing overs, but matches. What one-day cricket lacks the most at the moment is meaning and context. That's the subject for a bigger piece

Most interesting. We are currently running a poll seeking your opinion on the future of one-day cricket, and on last count, more than 62% of you think it should be left as it is.

The other options were:

It should be fixed at 40 overs a side 40 overs and two innings And played less frequently

The ECB has decided where it stands and scrapped the 50-over game at the domestic level. The English have traditionally been the forerunners for change, however, only 18% of you seem to favour the 40-over format which the board has adopted.

The 50-over format, will of course, be around till the expiry of the ICC television rights in 2015. But who knows how the game would have changed by then?

As for me, I'd start with not reducing overs, but matches. What one-day cricket lacks the most at the moment is meaning and context. That's the subject for a bigger piece.

Sambit Bal is the editor of ESPNcricinfo

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